Press Releases Archive for January, 2017

Latest Tommy O’Haver And Joe Swanberg Joints Direct To Netflix After SXSW Bow

Netflix original films Win It All, from filmmaker Joe Swanberg and starring Jake Johnson, Aislinn Derbez and Keegan-Michael Key, and The Most Hated Woman in America featuring Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo, Adam Scott and Juno Temple, will make their world premieres at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival in March before launching on Netflix. A true-crime biopic about the disappearance of Madalyn Murray O’Hair,…

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True/False Sets Media Literacy Initiative

  JANUARY 30, 2017 True/False Film Fest TRUE/FALSE MEDIA LITERACY INITIATIVE The Media Literacy Initiative is True/False’s ambitious new educational partnership with Ragtag Cinema, Columbia Public Schools, and the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. After more than 10 years of high school programming, T/F recognized that students are often already documentarians. Constantly recording, archiving and compiling…

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And Sundance Awards…

And Sundance Awards…

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Santa Monica’s 30-Year-Old Vidiots Closing Doors, But Expanding Activities

VIDIOTS TO MOVE FROM HISTORIC SANTA MONICA LOCATION AND TRANSITION TO NEW HOME The beloved video store-turned film non-profit will close the doors of its original location on February 15, but will maintain many of its services and programs as it identifies a new location Vidiots, the nonprofit film foundation, video store and longtime resource…

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2017 Oscar Nominations

Best Picture Arrival – Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers Fences – Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers Hacksaw Ridge – Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers Hell or High Water – Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers Hidden Figures – Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams…

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Academy Outlines Prerecorded Oscar Nomination Anecdotes From Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe, Ken Watanabe And Others

Tuesday, January 24 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST/1:18 p.m. GMT/9:18 p.m. CST To help guide this year’s nominees through the 33 days between the nominations announcement and the Oscars ceremony, the Academy invited 11 Oscar-winning and nominated Academy members to share personal anecdotes about their Oscars experience and offer advice to the new class of…

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League-Quinn Neon Label Makes First On-Site Sundance Acquisition

  In a competitive bidding situation, Tom Quinn and Tim League’s new distribution banner, Neon, have acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Sundance breakout, Ingrid Goes West, following the world premiere on Friday night. Directed by Matt Spicer and starring Aubrey Plaza (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, “Parks and Recreation”) and Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age…

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True/False Film Fest Names 2017 True Life Fund Film

The indomitable Rainey family, featured in the new film Quest, have been selected as 2017’s True Life Fund recipients. The fund, True/False’s yearly philanthropic initiative, serves as a tangible way of thanking documentary subjects. “The True Life Fund represents us completing a circuit,” T/F co-director David Wilson says. “The film subjects share their stories, and…

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Annapurna Pictures Distribution Launches August 4 With Kathryn Bigelow’s Untitled Detroit Project

ANNAPURNA PICTURES LAUNCHES NEW FULL SERVICE MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATION Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT will be the company’s inaugural release, hitting theaters nationwide on August 4, 2017 Los Angeles, CA (January 20, 2017) – Annapurna Pictures is launching its long-planned, full-ervice distribution and marketing operation with Kathryn Bigelow’s UNTITLED DETROIT PROJECT.  Marc Weinstock, who…

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A24 To Make Donation To Planned Parenthood On Film Opening

A24 WILL MAKE A DONATION TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN HONOR OF ALL THE WOMEN (AND MEN) WHO SEE THE FILM THIS WEEKEND Writer/director Mike Mills and stars Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning reflect on those who raise us and the times that shape us in latest video ‘Modern Women’, featuring an exclusive interview with Planned…

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Martin Short to Receive Oscar Wilde Award

[PR] The Oscar Wilde Awards will not be short of laughter with Martin Short receiving an award at the February 23rdevent at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot in Santa Monica.  The US-Ireland Alliance’s annual event will also honour Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard and “Outlander” star Caitriona Balfe. US-Ireland Alliance founder Trina Vargo notes that Short’s father was from Northern…

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GKIDS Names David Jesteadt President

GKIDS, the producer and distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announced today that David Jesteadt has been appointed to the role of President. GKIDS founder Eric Beckman will continue to serve as CEO.  Jesteadt joined GKIDS in 2007 and has served a variety of roles within the company, most recently as…

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Oscar Scraps Dawn Nominations Presser For Online Live Stream And Featured Placement On ABC’s “Good Morning America”

  [PR] We’ve got exciting news. To welcome our new class of nominees, several Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members including Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Jason Reitman and Ken Watanabe will join Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to reveal the 89th Oscars® Nominations, on Tuesday, January 24, beginning at 5:18 a.m. PST/8:18 a.m. EST/1:18…

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Annapurna Promotes Chelsea Barnard To President Of Film

ANNAPURNA PICTURES PROMOTES CHELSEA BARNARD TO PRESIDENT OF FILM Barnard will continue to serve her role as Chief Creative Officer for the company and is currently an Executive Producer on Mike Mills’ Golden Globe-nominated film, 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Annapurna Pictures has promoted Chelsea Barnard to President of Film, it was announced today by Founder and…

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GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER KICKS OFF AWARDS SEASON WITH 89TH ANNUAL OSCAR NOMINATIONS PANEL, JANUARY 24, 2017 Alison Cuddy Moderates Panel Discussion Featuring Film Critics J.R. Jones, Sergio Mims, Pamela Powell, Ray Pride and Dean Richards CHICAGO — The Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents the…

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2016 National Film Critics Society Awards

Best Picture: Moonlight Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle, Things to Come Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea Best Cinematography:  James Laxton, Moonlight Best Foreign Film: Toni Erdmann Film Heritage Award:  “Pioneers of African-American…

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SPC Takes Worldwide On Latest Luca Guadagnino

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS TAKES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO LUCA GUADAGNINO’S  CALL ME BY YOUR NAME NEW YORK (January 6, 2017) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Luca Guadagnino’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME.  The film, based on André Aciman’s acclaimed novel of the same name, is directed by Guadagnino (I AM LOVE, A BIGGER SPLASH,…

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Houston Film Critics Society Awards

La Land Land Director — Damien Chazelle Screenplay — Hell Or High Water Actor — Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea Actress — Natalie Portman, Jackie Supporting Actor — Jeff Bridges, Hell Or High Water Supporting Actress — Viola Davis, Fences Animated Film — Kubo and the Two Strings Documentary — O.J.: Made in America Foreign…

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“Women’s March On Main” Will Hit Park City Alongside Women’s March On Washington

WOMEN’S MARCH ON MAIN Park City, UTOrganizing Committee Member Chelsea Handler will lead the Park City sister march to take place in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington WHAT: The creative and Park City communities come together to stand in solidarity with the rest of the country in demonstrating universal respect for social justice…

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STX Takes On Europacorp Theatrical Distribution

STX MOTION PICTURES GROUP AND EUROPACORP ENTER INTO MULTI-YEAR THEATRICAL MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT  EuropaCorp’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “The Circle,” “Renegades” and “Their Finest”  to be released by STX Motion Pictures Group in 2017 (Burbank, CA and Beverly Hills, CA – January 3, 2017) — STX Motion Pictures Group, a…

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon